America and the world looked on in
horror at the scenes that unfolded in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
Americans of any and all political persuasions will not soon forget the
countless disturbing images splashed across their screens. It was
surreal, and it was nauseating.
But who won? Democracy won, America
won, and the American people won, for in the wee hours of Thursday
morning, a lawfully-run election was ratified and codified into
law. The. System. Worked.
It is in that spirit, then, that CCRA
approaches the challenges of the New Year. The systems work, and our
goal remains the same: Promote Urban Living and Advocate for a Safe,
Clean, Diverse, and Supportive Community.
CCRA President Maggie Mund now serves on
Controller Rebecca Rhynhart’s Community Accountability and Advisory
Council, which is investigating tactics used by the Philadelphia Police
Department, specifically the inadequacy or inability of the Department
to respond to peaceful protests and unlawfullooting, and the use of tax dollars during the response.
Operations Manager Travis Oliver
serves as a member of the Mayor’s Commission on Policing. Held by the
City’s Public Engagement Committee and entitled “Pathways to Reform,
Transformation and Reconciliation,” the Committee’s kickoff meeting was
held November 30.
We have an ongoing commitment to
measurable goals for minority hiring and purchasing, and to that end,
initiated a meeting with Council President Darryl Clarke. Along with the
Logan Square Residents Assn. (LSNA), CCRA has secured commitments
providing measurable goals from the developers of 21st
& Market St. (Brandywine Realty), 23rd & Market St. (Parkway
Development), and 19th & 17th & Sansom St. (Pearl Properties).
As part of the Center City Coalition, we
have requested from the Mayor and City Council a neighborhood mobile
police station staffed with police officers and social workersto improve the effort toward providing a safe, secure, and healthy Center City environment.
We have stepped up our outreach to
high-rise buildings in Center City, as increased membership in CCRA is a
win-win for the high-rises, for the CCRA, and for the community at
continues to expand its Communications function, using live events, an
online presence, and social media to connect individuals, organizations,
and city government.
The Philadelphia Housing Authority ("PHA") has proposed the redevelopment of the vacant, former PHA headquarters located at 2012-18 Chestnut Street. Following
a competitive RFP process dating back to 2016, PHA selected Alterra
Property Group ("Alterra") and Rheal Capital Management ("RCM") to build
a new, mixed-use building with ground-floor retail, market-rate
apartments, and "workforce" housing.
apartments are generally reserved for people who earn 80-100%, or less,
of the area median income ("AMI") for the Philadelphia Metropolitan
Statistical Area ("MSA"). In this instance, following input from CCRA,
the income eligibility limit has since been revised lower to only
include people earning 80% or less of AMI and to use only data from the
City of Philadelphia in determining AMI. Due to the financial
implications of renting 20% of the units at a below-market rate, the
district's historic requirements, and the desire to contribute an
attractive project to the built environment, the development team has
worked through many design iterations to make this project viable.
Plans will be displayed at the meeting. Public comments will be accepted during and after the presentation thru email until Jan 20, 2021. Email public comments regarding this development to firstname.lastname@example.org "Alterra Properties" in the subject line.
presentation will be recorded, and after the link is established (a few
hours after the presentation is concluded), we will post it to our
website and Youtube channel. The meeting is part of the civic design review for this project".
CCRA Zoning Committee Report is Ready
The Zoning Committee report from the meeting on Tuesday, December 22, 2020, is ready for review.
The next zoning committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 26, at 7 pm. The meeting will be held virtually.
CCRA Virtual Board of Directors Meeting
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 6 pm
CCRA members are invited to sit in on our
monthly board meeting on Tuesday. If you would like to attend, please
notify Operations Manager Travis Oliver and he will send you the link to the meeting.
FBI Needs Help Identifying those Involved in Wednesday's Incident in DC
The Federal Bureau
of Investigation is seeking help identifying individuals who were part
of the unprecedented chaos Wednesday when supporters of President Donald
Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. Witnesses are urged to submit
information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol.
Visit our special COVID-19 page on our website for more news and info.
Community Info and Events
Five Major Museums Re-reopening; here's the details
Need an escape to Civilization? Who
doesn’t? The good news is that five major Philly museums will be
reopening in January. With limited capacity, masks, and social
distancing, of course, but still…. Go love yourself some Art!
Last we heard, Isaiah Zager’s iconic
Painted Bride mosaic was being threatened by the wrecking ball as part
of the 230 Vine St. building's redevelopment. But hold that wrecking
ball, please: Under the latest proposal, developer Shimi Zakin of Atrium
Design Group now plans to retain the mosaic as part of the
redevelopment. The mosaic’s new neighbors would include 70 residential
units, 10 short-term rentals, and ground-floor commercial space.